Jennifer Alanis serves as the program coordinator for the student affairs and educational justice program at CGU, and is the associate dean of students and Title IX officer at Harvey Mudd College.
As a first-generation Mexican-American and a justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) leader, she seeks to improve the campus climate of any institutions she is a part of. She does this by creating shared learning experiences, equitable policies, and building collaborative relationships that challenge barriers, bring forth diverse dialogue, and provide educational opportunities. By exploring all dimensions of diversity, she hopes to develop positive and challenging inclusive leaders who have a global understanding and can be accountable for creating a more equitable community.
Alanis focuses on creating an inclusive campus through programming and training, as well as through creating strategic plans and partnerships in the Claremont community. She has worked in higher education and student affairs for over 10 years, and has experience in diversity, inclusion, intercultural relations, and cultural and transfer student centers. She received her BS from Loyola University Chicago with a triple minor in Spanish, women’s studies, and literature. She received an MA in arts, entertainment, and media management from Columbia College Chicago and an MEd in educational policy, organizational leadership from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Most recently, she completed an EdD in higher education and organizational change from Benedictine University.
Her research interests include justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in higher education and at a policy level. She is also interested in access, retention, and success for students from historically excluded communities, minority-serving institutions—specifically Hispanic Serving Institutions—and access and success of undocumented and DACAmented students. Her teaching areas have included foundations of student affairs in higher education, leadership at minority-serving institutions, and practicum experiences for students.
Alanis is involved at regional and national levels for the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), and the Association for Asian American Studies (AAAS). She has also sailed on three voyages of Semester at Sea, once in the summer of 2009 and for the maymester of 2012 as an LLC. Most recently, Alanis sailed as the assistant executive dean for the fall 2019 voyage.
Co-authored with P Witkowsky and N. Tapia-Fuselier. “Student Engagement: Key to the
Persistence of Undocumented LatinX College Students.” Journal for College Access
(JCA) special edition “College Access and Success for Undocumented Students,” (2021).
Co-authored with P. Witkowsky. “Supporting the Needs of Undocumented Students at
U.S. Institutions of Higher Education.” In Case Studies in Equity, Diversity & Inclusion in Higher Education. 2019.
Co-authored with P. Witkowsky, et al. “Connecting familismo and higher education: Influence of Spanish language parent and family member orientation programs on Latinx family involvement and sense of belonging.”
Journal of Hispanic Higher Education, (2018).
Transfer Workbook, City Colleges of Chicago Course Textbook. Chicago, 2014.
College Student Development: Research, Theory & Practice